Walker has lost his number one goalkeeper’s position to summer arrival Neil Sullivan and lack of first-team opportunity has forced him to hand in a transfer request — accepted by the club in September.
Ironically Walker will now get his chance. Sullivan’s one-game suspension for his red card at Brentford means he will miss Saturday’s trip to Coventry City and Walker will return to Premiership action.
Goalkeeping coach Segers has seen more of Walker than most and confirmed: “Ian’s been very good and I’m probably the first one to tell him off if he’s not right and he’s knows that.
“I’ve no complaints, his attitude has been spot on and overall I’m very pleased with his work and even the matches I’ve seen him in the reserves.
“I’ve said to Ian in football you never know what is around the corner.
“I’ve seen too many things in the last 20 years and the answer was there against Brentford — anything can happen, Neil got sent off and if Ian wasn’t 100 per cent motivated he would be in trouble because his first action of the match was a very difficult save on a very greasy surface.
“A club might come in and offer the right amount of money for him and he might be playing somewhere else so it’s only beneficial for Ian if he keeps it going.
“So I’m very pleased with Ian but I’m also very pleased with Neil. They are both very good goalkeepers and at the end of the day it’s up to the manager to decide who is going to play.
“It’s a joy to work with them and hopefully I can make them even better goalkeepers than they are now.”
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Hans Segers has paid tribute to Ian Walker’s professionalism through what has been a difficult season so far.